Riyadh Says Time Not Ripe for Int’l Yemen Probe

TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – The time is not right for an independent international inquiry into human rights violations in Yemen, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador in Geneva said on Wednesday, responding to calls from the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. The Netherlands and Canada are backing a resolution at the UN Human Rights Council mandating […]

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Iran, Russia, Turkey Hold Consultations Ahead of Astana Talks on Syria

TEHRAN (Press Shia) – A working group of the three countries acting as guarantors of a ceasefire in Syria, namely Iran, Russia and Turkey, held consultations in Astana on Wednesday, in the run-up to the sixth round of the intra-Syrian talks in the Kazakh capital. Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein […]

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Barzani Firm on Kurdish Referendum, Defying Iraq MPs

TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – President of Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government Masoud Barzani vowed Tuesday to press ahead with a referendum on Kurdish independence on Sept. 25 despite a vote by Iraq’s Parliament to reject the move. Earlier the Parliament in Baghdad authorized the prime minister to “take all measures” to preserve Iraq’s unity. […]

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Russia: 85% of Areas Held by Militants in Syria Won Back

TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Russia’s military said Tuesday that Syrian troops have retaken about 85 percent of the territory once controlled by Takfiri militants. “To date, 85 percent of Syria’s territory has been cleared of the militants of illegal armed groups,” Alexander Lapin, chief of staff of the Russian military contingent in Syria, said, Ria […]

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Hezbollah Chief Says Axis of Resistance Victorious in Syria

TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Secretary-General of the Lebanese Hezbollah Resistance Movement Seyed Hassan Nasrallah declared the victory of the axis of resistance in the Syrian war, dismissing remaining fighting as scattered battles. “We have won the war (in Syria) and what remains are just sporadic battles,” Nasrallah said, according to al-Akhbar daily.  “Our martyrs, […]

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Iraqi Parliament Rejects Kurdish Independent Vote

TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Iraq’s parliament voted on Tuesday to reject a Kurdish region independence referendum planned for Sept. 25, authorizing the prime minister to take all measures to preserve Iraq’s unity, a lawmaker said. “Kurdish lawmakers walked out of the session but the decision to reject the referendum was passed by a majority,” Mohammed […]

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Saudi Airstrikes in Yemen War Crimes: HRW

TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Human Rights Watch the Saudi-led coalition is committing war crimes in Yemen, saying its airstrikes killed 39 civilians including 26 children in two months. The rights group said five airstrikes hitting four family homes and a grocery store were carried out either deliberately or recklessly, causing indiscriminate loss of civilian […]

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Yemen Army Inflicts Losses on Saudi-Backed Militants in Lahij, Taiz

TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Yemen’s army, backed by popular forces, hit the gathering centers of Saudi-backed mercenaries in the southern province of Lahij, killing and injuring a large group of them. Yemen’s artillery units shelled the positions of the militants in Kahbob area in Lahij on Monday, inflicting major losses on them, a military […]

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Bahraini Regime Intensifies Pressure on Political Prisoners

TEHRAN (Press Shia) – In reaction to a mass hunger strike by Bahraini political prisoners, the Al Khalifa regime intensified clampdown on the inmates kept in various prisons in the Persian Gulf country, including al-Hawd al-Jaf (Dry Dock) Detention Center. The families of prisoners held in Dry Dock Detention Center on Muharraq Island said the […]

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Syria Army Scores More Gains against Daesh in Homs

TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Syria’s army and its allies continued to make gains in their battle against Daesh (ISIL or ISIS) terrorists in Homs, managing to seize control of more areas in the central province. Syrian forces on Monday stepped up their attack against Daesh militants in the eastern countryside of Homs, expanding their […]

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